Politics and Elections Blog
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#IRegistered to vote. Have you?
Monday, September 26, 2016
¡Hola! Desplazarse hacia abajo para leer este mensaje en español -Ed.
On the eve of National Voter Registration Day, we’re doing our part to encourage American voters to get registered for the 2016 election. We've already added in-depth information in Search for
how to vote
, and now we're adding this same information in
. Now both Spanish and English speakers will be able to get custom, state-by-state information on key registration deadlines, when to get to the polls, and even steps on how to vote early or by mail. We hope this feature helps simplify the registration process for more American voters.
By helping more people get registered, we're also helping ensure more people get to the polls and vote. The majority of Americans who register to vote end up voting — according to the
US Census Bureau
, in 2012, 86 percent of those who registered also voted in the November election.
Today's Google Doodle encourages people to get registered in time for National Voter Registration Day
YouTube creators also want you to
head to the polls and #voteIRL
. Tune in to
to see how you can register to vote in the amount of time it takes
Ryan Seacrest to host a radio show
The Fung Bros to shoot hoops
. Surprising fact: it only takes one minute and 34 seconds! Once you’ve registered, join us in encouraging others along the voting process by sharing a post with #IRegistered on social media.
Registering to vote is just the first step toward casting your ballot in this year’s election. We hope that you’ll be inspired to learn more about the candidates, the issues, and the voting process — and make your voice heard in 2016!
Posted by Jonathan Betz, Engineering Manager, Civic Engagement
Yo me registre para votar. ¿Y tu? #IRegistered
En la víspera del Día Nacional de Registro de Votantes, estamos haciendo nuestra parte para animar a los votantes estadounidenses para registrarse para las elecciones del 2016. Ya hemos añadido información detallada en búsqueda de como
, y ahora estamos añadiendo esa misma información en
Ahora, tanto los hablantes de español e inglés podrán obtener información personalizada, estado por estado sobre las fechas clave de registro, horarios para llegar a las urnas, e incluso los pasos necesarios para votar temprano o por correo. Esperamos que esta función ayude a simplificar el proceso de registro para más votantes estadounidenses.
Al ayudar a que más personas se registren, también estamos ayudando a asegurar que más personas lleguen a las urnas y voten. La mayoría de los estadounidenses que se registran para votar terminan ejerciendo su voto - según la
Oficina del Censo de Estados Unidos
, en el año 2012, el 86 por ciento de los que se registraron también votaron en las elecciones de noviembre.
El Google Doodle de hoy anima a la gente para que se registren a tiempo como parte del Día Nacional de Registro de Votantes
Los creadores de YouTube también quieren que
acudas a las urnas y voten en vida real con la campaña #voteIRL
. Te recomendamos sintonizar esta lista de
para aprender cómo puedes registrarte para votar casi en la misma cantidad de tiempo que le toma a
Ryan Seacrest presentar su programa de radio
o a los
jugar baloncesto. De hecho, te sorprenderá saber que: ¡sólo te tomará un minuto y 34 segundos! Una vez que te hayas registrado, te invitamos a acompañarnos a animar a otros a lo largo del proceso de votar, compartiendo un post utilizando #IRegistered en tus redes sociales.
Registrarse para votar es sólo el primer paso para emitir tu voto en las elecciones de este año. ¡Esperamos que te inspires a aprender más sobre los candidatos, los temas, y el proceso de votación - y al mismo tiempo hacer oír tu voz en el 2016!
Publicado por Jonathan Betz, Gerente de Ingeniería, Participación Cívica
Your Vote Counts!
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As Americans prepare to head to the polls, we’re making it easier than ever for everyone to participate in the political process. Last month, we made it simpler for people to
register to vote
. Now, we’re taking this a step further and introducing a brand new, state-by-state guide for people looking for information on
how to vote
in November. We’re also sharing some search trends to track the engagement and interest of American voters around the party conventions.
How to vote
Whether you’re a first-time voter, a resident in a new state, or your state laws have changed since the last time you voted, you can now come to Google for information on
how to vote
in the upcoming election. This new in-depth search result provides information on ID requirements, deadlines, mail-in ballots and early voting. We hope this customized state-by-state guide will help you find the information you need quickly and easily to help get your voice heard.
Since releasing our customized voter registration guide in Search last month, we’re seeing millions of people coming to Google to learn more about voting and how to register in the U.S. In fact, compared to the same time four years ago, nationwide searches for voter registration are up 190 percent nationwide.
shows a state-by-state breakdown illustrating how — and where — searches for “voter registration” have changed between 2012 and today. You’ll find some of the highest spikes in the dark green states: California, New York, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts.
And below you'll find a state-by-state graphic ranking all 50 states and how their search interest in 'voter registration' has changed between 2012 and today:
We’re committed to making it easy for people to find information, and have their voices heard in November. So we're also making the data that powers our “how to register to vote” and our “how to vote” search results
, so nonprofits and organizations promoting voter education can benefit and expand the reach of this critical information.
We hope these insights and features inspire you to register to vote, exercise your civic duty, and get to the polls in November!
The 2016 Conventions on Google and YouTube
Friday, August 5, 2016
Over 200,000 balloons dropped in Cleveland and Philadelphia to close out the 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions last week. In case you missed any of the highlights, you can replay both conventions on the official YouTube channels for the
, where over 9 million viewers tuned in to watch.
Don’t have time to watch the entire thing? No problem. Here’s a recap of the conventions through YouTube videos and Google Search trends:
Users Turn to Google Search to Learn More
Republican National Convention
Democratic National Convention
YouTube Creators Bring the Conventions to their Audiences
For more trends and election coverage, follow us on
Posted by Avika Dua, Google Elections Team
How the Veepstakes is Playing Out on Google
Friday, July 8, 2016
In just a few weeks, thousands of delegates will begin entering the doors of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to nominate their parties’ presidential candidates. With the conventions and the general election on the horizon, voters are turning to Google to find out who each candidate will choose as their vice presidential nominee. Let’s see what people are searching:
See more Google Trends on the 2016 Election here!
Posted by Avika Dua, Google Elections Team
Google and FOX News Channel Present Republican Presidential Debate in Des Moines, Iowa
Thursday, January 21, 2016
With less than two weeks until the kickoff of the 2016 presidential primaries, millions of Americans are turning to Google to search about the candidates and the issues that matter to them most. In fact, during televised presidential debates, we see political search interest spike over 440% on average as voters across America seek to learn more about what’s happening on the live debate stage.
That’s why we’re excited to team up with Fox News Channel for the next Republican debate to create a more fun and informative way for people to learn more about the candidates and issues in this primary race. We’ll integrate Google Search Trends and questions from the YouTube community into the debate, in addition to live, real-time updates on the Google Trends homepage.
Join us next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on FOX News Channel to watch the Fox News/Google Republican debate live!
Posted by Steve Grove, Google News Lab
Win the Moments that Win Elections
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Elections are decided over time, in countless moments that invite campaigns to inform, inspire, and persuade voters. The more of those moments you win, the better your chances of winning on Election Day.
With digital media, campaigns have greater opportunity than ever to influence these voter moments. We get immediate, relevant answers about candidate’s stances from Google search. We can easily watch and share a candidate’s YouTube announcement video or debate clip. When we see the right message at the right moment - and on the right screen - we can be inspired to donate to a campaign.
Though the Election is nearly a year away, opportunities to influence voters start now. In July - September of this year, there were 650M views of political content on YouTube
Today, we’re releasing
a new website
to help campaigns of all sizes — from mayoral to presidential — understand how to influence these voter moments.
The site features a campaign playbook for five stages of a political campaign:
: setting up your campaign presence online
: growing your base through fundraising and email list building
: reaching persuadable voters with a variety of digital assets
: reacting to current news or offline events
: getting your supporters to the polls during voting season
On the Establish page, campaigns can learn the top mobile design principles for campaign sites
Each piece of the playbook explains which digital tools campaigns can leverage. We showcase examples of past and present campaigns doing these strategies well. On the site, we also put together a
guide that walks through Google tools campaigns can use, from video and search ads to Google Analytics and Google Consumer Surveys.
On the Solutions page, we break down all of Google’s tools for campaigns
We’re excited to see how campaigns and candidates will use digital tools in reaching potential voters. As campaigns innovate on digital in the next year, we plan to update
with new research and examples, so stay tuned!
Posted by Coco Pannell, Google Politics & Elections Ads Team
Planning Election Day with Google in 4 Easy Steps
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Cross-posted from the
Google Canada Blog
Here’s a timely phrase that’s on the mind of a lot of Canadians this year: how to vote?
This election day, Google has the answer to this important question and a whole lot more! From the ballot box to watching live results, here’s what you need to know to participate in your democracy on October 19th.
Step 1: Make sure you know how and where to vote—and who’s on your ballot!
For the first time ever in Canada, simple searches for [
how do i vote
register to vote
[my election candidates]
will confirm what you need to bring to the polls, and will show you who is running in your riding on Monday.
Step 2: Pledge to Vote
You’ve found all the information you need for Monday, but have you pledged to vote yet? Visit our
and make your pledge to vote today. And don’t forget to challenge your friends and remind them how important it is to head to the polls!
and share why you are turning out to vote.
Step 3: Track the results
After the polls close on Monday, you can track all the real-time election results by searching [
]. If you use Google Now, you’ll get updates on the winners straight from the app to your smartphone!
Step 4: Watch election night coverage
Tune in to the latest live news coverage from Canadian broadcasters at
Throughout the election, Canadians have turned to YouTube as a source of news, commentary and insight. We’ve tuned into YouTube to watch our
leaders debate live
, and for the latest
election trending videos.
Starting at 5PM on October 19th, tune into the
YouTube Canada Elections Hub
for live election coverage from Canadians news organizations such as
All set Canada? Happy Voting!
Posted by: Kate Sokolov, Program Manager, Politics & Elections Google
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